MAPL 630

Labor Organizing

4 Graduate credits
Effective August 23, 2014 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Learning outcomes


  • Value the dignity of work and the dignity of all workers.
  • Know about some current labor organizing efforts in Minnesota and around the nation, and how workers and organizers are innovating to meet challenges.
  • Know credible information sources for research on unions and labor issues.
  • Understand the relationship between power and organization and the value of solidarity.
  • Understand the fundamental human and legal rights of workers and challenges they face in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Know what labor unions are and do in the workplace, in local communities, in the political arena and internationally.
  • Be acquainted with the defining events and major themes of U.S. and Minnesota Labor History.
  • Understand the difference between institution-building and social movement organizing.
  • Grasp the idea of strategic capacity and its sources.
  • Appreciate the purpose and value of relational meetings in organizing.
  • Be acquainted with other basic labor organizing concepts.

Spring 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Labor Organizing Ryg, Matt Alan Moore, William J Halverson, Bree L Books Course details